A green space as grand as Washington Park deserves an exceptional summer attraction. How about a 50-meter heated pool surrounded by an enormous deck, complete with stadium seating? Connected to the main pool is a kidney-shaped side pool with a zero-depth entrance that gradually gets deeper. Plus, there's a water slide for thrillseekers.
Summer in Chicago gets busy fast, what with all the street fests you're attending and patio drinking you have planned. When you need to relax for an afternoon (and you don't feel like trekking to the beach) a trip to the pool can rejuvenate you. Thankfully, Chicago's parks house a variety of public pools, where you can lounge by the water or jump in—all free of charge. Some of them even have slides! Find a place to swim laps, take the kids or catch up on your summer reading with our guide to Chicago's best pools.
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